Results for - Retirees - nothing to contribute or an overlooked resource?

2,571 voters participated in this survey

This survey may be more relevant for those who are retired or semi retired. I am part of that group and feel we are often unfairly ignored simply because of our age and the fact that we are no longer in the work force. I have listed some of the ways our group is made to feel irrelevant and some of the ways I feel we actually contribute more than average. See if you agree.

1. We are out for a meal with the family and when the bill comes it is automatically assumed that grandpa will pay. I am retired on a pension, my kids have 6 figure incomes. I sometimes feel like an ATM. Should grandad pay the bill?

Yes
4%
110 votes
No
71%
1,787 votes
Undecided
14%
347 votes
Not Applicable
10%
256 votes

2. We have a reasonable income and no debts. We put a lot of miles on our vehicles heading south for the winter and back again. We buy a new vehicle every 5 years so that we always have a warranty. Car salespeople assume our car buying days are over and ignore us. Does this make sense?

Yes
8%
209 votes
No
70%
1,760 votes
Undecided
10%
240 votes
Not Applicable
12%
291 votes

3. We have had it with Canadian winters and head somewhere warmer every year. We leave by October 1st and return by May 1st. Recent elections have been in October and March so we don't get to vote. Prisoners in jail get to vote so shouldn't we?

Yes
63%
1,565 votes
No
10%
246 votes
Undecided
12%
309 votes
Not Applicable
15%
380 votes

4. Market surveys online in malls etc. assume that because we are retired and out of the workforce we are no longer consumers. We have more uncommitted income than ever before and the time to spend and enjoy it. Meanwhile the marketers are all chasing my kids with their student loans, mortgages, children to feed, and mountains of debts - and no money to spend. Are they nuts?

Yes
59%
1,476 votes
No
9%
224 votes
Undecided
17%
423 votes
Not Applicable
15%
377 votes

5. We spend winters out of the country, summers touring. Our address is wherever we park our RV at any given time. When there is a census we are not counted in yet our demographic needs specific services and programs that other groups do not. Should we be ignored by the census?

Yes
8%
211 votes
No
63%
1,568 votes
Undecided
15%
370 votes
Not Applicable
14%
351 votes

6. We have spent many years working long hours and making money that we paid out in taxes, mortgage payments, buying goods and services and contributing to the economy. Now that we are retired we pay less for most of these things which leaves more money for eating out, entertainment, travel, recreational spending etc. We also are fit and have time enough on average to golf, travel, take up new hobbies, do charity work, get involved in politics and, if necessary, to protest or lobby when we are taken for granted. Do you think we are taken for granted?

Yes
50%
1,250 votes
No
15%
378 votes
Undecided
21%
533 votes
Not Applicable
14%
339 votes
07/18/2019 Living 2571 96 By: DavKar

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